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Steven Wright's Biography

Steven Wright
sfw@legalwrights.com
 
 
Bar Admissions:
State of Maine
District of Columbia
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fed. Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Court-Maine
 
Background:
After joining the bar in 1976, Wright first worked as the Maine Secretary of State’s personal lawyer where he prepared legislation and advised the State Department on issues involving election law, corporate law, motor vehicle law, records retention, and compliance with the newly enacted Administrative Procedures Act. He then was appointed Assistant Attorney General under three different Attorneys General, where he defended the State of Maine in both workers’ compensation and tort claims cases.
 
In April of 1981, Wright joined a midsized law firm in central Maine, where he immediately began defending asbestos cases, and heading the firm’s litigation department. Appointed lead national trial counsel for an oft-targeted asbestos defendant, Wright tried cases throughout the country, with the majority of activity being in Florida, West Virginia, Texas, Mississippi, New York, Maryland, as well as the New England states.
 
In 1992, Wright founded this firm, where he has continued to specialize in toxic tort and environmental litigation.
 
Professional Memberships:
  • Cumberland Country Bar Association
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Education:
 
  B.A., University of Maine, 1970
  J.D., University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center), 1976
  Teaching Assistant for Dean Robert M. Viles, in contracts and secured transactions, 1974-76
 
Internships:
Clerk, the Hon. John W. King, N.H. Superior Court Justice
General Court, Comm. on Agriculture and the Environment
Public Defenders Office, Manchester, NH
Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests
 
Publications & Presentations:
Mr. Wright has been invited to speak and present papers at numerous conferences including:
“Defending Against Claims of Conspiracy Based Upon an Alleged Manipulation of the Historical Medical Literature”
Defense Research Institute: Asbestos Medicine Seminar San Diego, California. October 25-27, 1989
"Defending the Shipyard Case"
Andrews Communications Seminar Asbestos Litigation: The Eye of the Storm Seminar Bal Harbour, Florida. February 25-26, 1991
"Discovery of Worksite Information"
Defense Research Institute: Asbestos Medicine Seminar Scottsdale, Arizona. October 16-18,1991
"Minor Defendants' Viewpoint of the Class Action: The New Wave
of Asbestos Litigation"
Andrews Communications Seminar: The Asbestos Future Class Action and The Future of Mass Tort Litigation New Orleans, Louisiana. May 6-7, 1993
"Research or Manipulation - a Two-Way Street?"
Defense Research Institute: Asbestos Medicine Seminar San Francisco, California. November 4-6, 1993
"Sibling Rivalry: Third-Party Practice in Asbestos"
Andrews Continuing Education Institute: Asbestos Litigation 1995: Unresolved Issues Houston, Texas. March 9-10, 1995
"Asbestos-Related Diseases Attributable to Smoking"
Andrews Publications: 1998 Litigation Conference New Orleans, Louisiana. April 30 & May 1, 1998
"The Empty Chair Begins to Fill: Asbestos's Claims Against Tobacco
and Tobacco's Counter-Attack Against Asbestos"
Defense Research Institute: 1998 Asbestos Personal Injury Litigation Seminar, Phoenix, Arizona. November 12-13, 1998
“Asbestos Medicine Update: Alternative Causes of Mesothelioma”
Andrews Publications: Asbestos Litigation Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. May 1-2, 2000
“Issues in the Preparation and Trial of a Synergy Case Against Asbestos and Tobacco Defendants”
Andrews Publications: Annual Tobacco Litigation Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. April 27-28, 2000
“Theories for the Reduction of Damages: Defendants Perspective”
Andrews Publications: 2000 Tobacco Litigation Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. April 27-28, 2000
“Synergy, The Industry’s Response”
Andrews Publications: Annual Tobacco Litigation Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. April 26-27, 2001
“Contribution and Indemnity Claims Against Tobacco Companies by Asbestos and Product Manufacturers”
Andrews Publications: Asbestos Litigation Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana. April 30 & May 1, 2001
   
 
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